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Your love and knowledge of the sport will serve you well in this endeavor.
You will begin to look at snow in a whole new way – it is time released irrigation.
Revitalize implies that at one time downtown was more vital than it is today. How would one assess downtown’s past and present vitality? If City sales tax collections are used, downtown has recovered beyond pre-recession taxable sales levels. For 2013 downtown is on pace to have about $85.5 million in taxable sales. That is better than go-go days prior to the recession when taxable downtown sales peaked in 2008 at $81.9 million.
Are we comfortable with not defining what downtown vitality is and how it is going to be measured routinely and objectively? I’m not! I come from a world where fact really do matter. If the desired outcome of downtown revitalization is a poorly defined set of subjective feelings – that is a wee-bit too goofy for me.
Hi Harry –
Arm pits and opinions - this is a great metaphor. I likely will use this in some of the upcoming discussion City Council will have on this topic and other topics.
This article has been picked up by the Denver Post. What is the next stop for this story, a reference during Jay Leno's opening monologue? Stranger things have happened.
You are right Mark - you can't make this stuff up.
The lessons of history still live on today.
Prohibition of alcohol failed because it was unenforceable. Prohibition resulted in many otherwise law abiding citizens who became wholesale law breakers. Prohibition created a culture where folks knew they were breaking the law but did not care or felt that the law did not apply to them or their situation.
This would be an interesting Reader Poll – Who plans on paying Colorado State sales tax of 2.9% on their on-line purchases made in 2013 where the state sales tax was not collected?
We may have found a way to measure the power of positive thinking.
Stuart & Scott W –
I think you nailed it (Scott W.) – “does the applicant think there is a need?” If we were talking about coffee shops and a new coffee shop was going to open across the street from an existing coffee shop – would that be OK? Should for example the County Building Department refuse to issue them a building permit on the grounds that folks felt that there were way too many coffee shops in the area?
I think we would agree that it would be reasonable to expect that the owner of this hypothetical existing coffee shop would say that there are more than enough shops meeting the needs of the coffee drinking population in their neighborhood. In addition, the folks that buy coffee every morning at this hypothetical existing coffee shop agreed to signed a petition saying that their coffee drinking needs were being adequately met. There are a couple of key questions associated with this opinion. Are those that signed the petition a randomly selected sampling of the population in the area that accurately reflects the total population in the area? Who knows? Are there folks, that are living in the area, would prefer another alternative for whatever reason. Again, who knows?
Without question liquor store license is different from most situations one encounters in business. I am not sure why liquor stores are treated different than a coffee shops but they are. Likely it has something to do with alcohol because as a substance “alcohol” likely results in more mischief than “caffeine” and therefore there is an underlying concern that it is possible to have too many liquor stores in a community.
That may be why the state law requires us to decide, as subjective as it may be, as to whether the “reasonable requirements of the neighborhood are being met by the existing outlets” and “what are the desires of the adult inhabitants.” We were presented with a good deal of evidence that many people thought the existing outlet, there may be a second one in the Steamboat Grand, was not meeting the needs, particularly when we are reminded that our community swells to over 30,000 people, most concentrated at the base of the mountain, during certain times of the year.
As messy as business can be sometimes – the best outcomes can arise if market forces are allowed to sort things out.
Scott W. - Let me think about the issued you raised in your last post and get back to you
Hi Scott W. –
As a new member to City Council I feel like I am drinking from a fire hose because I am learning so many things in a short period of time. One thing I have learned is when is City Council not City Council.
City Council is not City Council when it acts in the capacity of the Steamboat Springs Liquor Licensing Authority. Although we all sit in the same place – we officially adjourn one meeting as City Council and start another as the Steamboat Springs Liquor Licensing Authority.
In the capacity of the “Licensing Authority” we are no longer Citizen Legislators but take on a “quasi-judicial” role. In this “quasi-judicial” capacity we are obliged to ascertain facts and draw conclusions from them as the foundation for official actions. Testimony is given under oath and the Licensing Authority makes a judgment based on documents & testimony.
In the state of Colorado to obtain a retail liquor license has two levels. The first step is getting approval by the local Licensing Authority. The criteria for this local approval is established by the state of Colorado. The criteria cannot be changed by the local Licensing Authority; their role is to determine (judge) based on the documents & testimony if the criteria have been met.
In some towns such as Fort Collins the Municipal Judge acts in the capacity of the Local Licensing Authority.
Hi Mariana –
Congratulations to you and the other partners. You guys figured out a way to keep Sew Steamboat open.
Lisa & Group -
Thanks for the invitation to participate in South Routt High School’s “Career Day”. In both of the sessions I hosted - I found the students engaged and very respectful. This was a very good group of young adults that are actively looking beyond the here and now to the future.
I am looking forward to next year!
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